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Shahzad out of first Test against Pakistan

Ajmal Shahzad has been ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan

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Ajmal Shahzad has been ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan

England bowler Ajmal Shahzad has been ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan with an ankle injury.

The paceman has been replaced in the 12-man squad by Yorkshire team-mate Tim Bresnan as a precaution after feeling discomfort during a practice session.

Bresnan will now train with the team at Trent Bridge today ahead of the series opener on Thursday.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief medical officer Nick Peirce said: “After twisting his left ankle with Yorkshire over a week ago Ajmal went on to successfully play in a 40-over match for his county last Monday.

“Unfortunately Ajmal felt some discomfort following England practice at the NCPC (National Cricket Performance Centre) on Tuesday and as a precautionary measure it is felt he is best to undergo rehabilitation on the ankle for the remainder of this week.

“We expect Ajmal to make a full recovery, he hasn’t been ruled unavailable for the second Test starting next week. He will continue to be assessed this week before a decision on his fitness is made.” 

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